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McNeese Choirs in Concert

McNeese Choirs in Concert

The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present the McNeese choirs in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

Chamber SingersThe Vocal Ensemble will present madrigals from the Renaissance and Contemporary periods. The set will contain a variety of moods and textures. Selections will include: "Dindirín, Dindirín," whose composer is anonymous and whose text is a mixture of French and Spanish phrases; "Ach, weh des Leiden" by Hassler, "Fyer, Fyer!"by Morley, "Zefiro torna e'l bel tempo rimena" by Monteverdi and two contemporary madrigals based on Shakespeare texts by Robert Baksa.

Concert Chorale will perform selections by William Byrd, Johann Michael Haydn, Franz Schubert, David Ashley White, Joseph Martin, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Chorale will sing a variety of songs from the Renaissance to the Modern era. The set will include "Come to the Music" by Martin, "Gloriosus Deus" by Haydn, "Sacerdotes Domini" by Byrd, "Lebenslust" by Schubert, "The Eyes of All" by White and a Roger Emerson arrangement of "Eleanor Rigby" by Lennon and McCartney. Chorale will be assisted on the Martin selection by Stephanie Hulsey on piccolo and Dustin Cox on percussion.

Chamber Singers will begin its portion of the program performing two choruses from the oratorio repertoire, "Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite" from "Samson" by G.F. Handel and "Come, Lovely Spring" from "The Seasons" by Franz Joseph Haydn. These choruses will be followed by the lovely "Madrigal, op. 35" by Gabriel Fauré. Jeffrey Van has written a dramatic piece for choir and guitar based on four Civil War poems by Walt Whitman. Chamber Singers will collaborate with guitarist Jay Kacherski, who is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, to present two of these selections entitled "Beat! Beat! Drums" and "Reconciliation." These pieces will be followed by a set of three folk songs: "Caballo Viejo" from Venezuela, "Who Is Crying?" from Latvia and "Savory, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" from Canada. Cox will assist Chamber Singers by playing the wood block on the last folk song. The last two selections, "The Seal Lullaby" and "Animal Crackers," are from the pen of American composer Eric Whitacre.

The choirs are under the direction of Darryl Jones, director of choral activities. Accompanists for the evening will include Yiseul Kim for Concert Chorale and Lina Morita, assistant professor of piano, for Chamber Singers.

Persons requesting accommodations in accordance with the ADA should contact the Office of the ADA Coordinator at least 72 hours before the event. Additional information is available from: the Office of the ADA Coordinator, Smith Hall, Room 127; Voice: (337) 475-5428; Fax: (337) 475-5960; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; or adacoordinator@mcneese.edu.